Daughter of the Empire

Raymond E. Feist Janny Wurts

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Daughter of the Empire

Daughter of the Empire Librarian note This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN From the imagination of two of fantasy s brightest stars comes a magnificent epic of heroic adventure The mysterious world of Kel

  • Title: Daughter of the Empire
  • Author: Raymond E. Feist Janny Wurts
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • Librarian note This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780586074817From the imagination of two of fantasy s brightest stars comes a magnificent epic of heroic adventure.The mysterious world of Kelewan is encircled by magic, mystery and murder Here at the heart of the Tsurani empire, Mara, Ruling Lady of the Acoma, leads her people through terror and peril on a trulyLibrarian note This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780586074817From the imagination of two of fantasy s brightest stars comes a magnificent epic of heroic adventure.The mysterious world of Kelewan is encircled by magic, mystery and murder Here at the heart of the Tsurani empire, Mara, Ruling Lady of the Acoma, leads her people through terror and peril on a truly epic scale She must contend with powerful rival houses, strike deals with sinister rebel warriors and forge a treaty with the enigmatic Cho ja a race of alien insectoids But in order to restore the honour of her house, Mara must marry the son of a deadly enemy and carry the struggle of her people into the heart of his stronghold

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    1. Li Seagull on said:

      Ookay, two days later and not quite fully rested up, let's do this.So. Daughter of the Empire. Yes. Very good book. Highly recommended.The characters were excellent, really. The setting was vaguely oriental, (though as Wastrel tells me, Wurts drew a lot from Korea) so a large part of this book is political intrigue and matters of honor. If that's your team, go for it. If the whole honor thing isn't for you, maybe not as much. But the political intrigue stuff is actually really excellently writte [...]

    2. Felicia on said:

      I read this years ago and picked it up again because I was into something non-European setting. This is an alt Asain world that is tangental to the Riftworld Saga by Feist, and is a REALLY good read. The protagonist is a young girl who must save her family and lands by growing up very quick. Nothing naughty in here, but lots of great politics a-la Game of Thrones. Highly recommend for a fun and different fantasy!

    3. Matthew on said:

      Did you read the Riftwar Saga and love it?Want to read something just as good, if not better?Want to learn about life on the other side of the Rift?You need to check this out! It is a fantastic tale of honor, politics, and strategy. While some fantasy books have lots of physical battle, this story is mainly plotting, deception, and courtly games. Reading this is more like watching a puzzle being solved and wondering how things will finally come together in the end. It is simply just a great and [...]

    4. Carol. on said:

      Collaborations can be a challenging way to tell a story, especially when both authors have an established voice. Ultimately, if done well, they are like an interesting ice cream swirl, something of the flavor of both authors creating a pleasant compination. Andre Norton is one of those authors that seem to collaborate well, although I'm not sure if that's partly because she was the idea generator and then had a co-writer do more of the heavy lifting, especially in her later years. One of the bes [...]

    5. Jim on said:

      I re-read this for the 3d or 5th time, but it's been at least a decade, so it was very fresh to me. Too fresh & interesting. Dann Janny & Ray, but I hit the 1/3 point yesterday & then couldn't put it down. I stayed up until midnight reading (I never go to bed after 10pm & always wake up by 6 at the latest.) so I've been dragging all morning. I wanted to take a nap on the hay rather than move it.The story is on the other side of the gate & we get a much better look at the 'Gam [...]

    6. Kay on said:

      It's been a while since I've read a story with such complex political intrigue, and I enjoyed every word of it! Plot SummarySet in a Japanese-style setting and culture, Mara of the Acoma is but a few minutes away from being initiated into the service of the goddess Lashima. She is, however, rudely jerked from her chosen path when news of her father's and brother's death reaches her household. In Mara's world, power is determined by the Game of the Council, the neverending power struggle masked b [...]

    7. Stevie Kincade on said:

      I am a huge fan of Raymond Feist's Magician because it is one of those rare stories that doesn't have a beginning, middle and end. It doesn't follow the typical conflict/resolution setup and like the best stories it continues way past resolving of "the big conflict" and doesn't end neatly or suddenly like so many stories do. I was disappointed that after writing that masterpiece Feist apparently took a course on "how to write a book" and all of his stories followed the template of "The hero must [...]

    8. Pauline Ross on said:

      This book ought to have been right up my street; a non-medieval world, with limited magic, a slow pace driven by politics rather than endless battles, and a strong-minded female lead - what's not to like? In my case, the answer is: almost everything.The opening felt surprisingly clunky and uncertain. Many fantasy works start with a dramatic event to draw the reader in, and leave the details of the background to wait for a quieter moment, but this tries to do both at once, with unconvincing resul [...]

    9. Sotiris Karaiskos on said:

      Στα πλαίσια της φιλοδοξίας μου να διαβάσω όλα τα βιβλία του κύκλου του Riftwar έφτασα σε αυτήν εδώ την τριλογία και σε αυτό το πρώτο βιβλίο που μπορώ να πω ότι με κάνει πιο αποφασισμένο να πετύχω αυτό τον στόχο. Βέβαια στην περίπτωση αυτής της τριλογίας ο αγαπητός Raymond E. Feist δέχτ [...]

    10. Olivia on said:

      What a wonderful book. Daughter of the Empire is set in a world inspired by Asia. There's not a lot of magic, instead it's all about intrigue and politics. In addition, expect a kick-ass female character. Mara is simply one of the best female fantasy characters I've ever encountered. She is cunning and intelligent. This entire book is one big chess game filled with politics and betrayal, and Mara does not use strength and violence to win this game but her wit. It's a joy to watch her decimate he [...]

    11. Sandra on said:

      There's a discussion going on right now at about whether magic is necessary to a fantasy novel, and I have to say that this one certainly proves that it's not at all necessary. The realm of Kelewan is on the other side of the 'rift' from the realm of Midkemia that we were introduced to in the four Riftwar novels leading up to this one. It's a fully formed land with strange (to us) flora and fauna and other races (the choja). While it has an oriental flavor, it is also original and fascinating i [...]

    12. Amanda on said:

      This was excellent, exactly the type of fantasy I dig. Sure, battles are fine, but the polite smiles and sharp wits of politics that feature in this novel really make me invest. And this one has the addition of a truly strong female character. Mara of the Acoma is thrust into the position of Lady of her House by the deaths of her father and brother. She is unused to the Great Game of the Council, and has few allies outside her own house. Through her knowledge, sharpness of mind and staggering br [...]

    13. Giacomo on said:

      I picked this up many years ago after reading Raymond Feist's RIftwar Saga. Within the first thirty pages or so, I was hooked. I had read Janny Wurtz before, and I had read Feist. I enjoyed both of their works, but the combination of the two of them was better. They created a magnificent world with a great culture, borrowing heavily from Japanese/Oriental cultures of old. It was refreshing after so many fantasies, especially in those days, were based on medieval European cultures. Mara, of the A [...]

    14. Mike on said:

      This was the first fantasy series I read (at the behest of my wife) since reading Lord of the Rings in high school. It's an interesting departure from what I normally think of as fantasy. This may have not made it the best for my initiation into the genre, but it was a good read nonetheless. The story is of Lady Mara of House Acoma and her ascent to power after the betrayal and death of her father and brother, leaving her an unlikely heir to rulership over her family. Despite being ostensibly fa [...]

    15. Brian Goodman on said:

      This is an very emotional book. After reading a few chapters, I quickly felt very attached to the main character; Mara, Lady of the Acoma noble family of the Tsurani Empire.At a child’s age, Mara is torn from becoming what is like a monk or a priestess when she learns the news of the death of her father and her brother from the devious hands of a rival family whose had a blood feud with the Acoma for many years. As the only surviving member of the Acoma family, Mara is thrust into the role of [...]

    16. Rita on said:

      Era uma vez uma rapariga que estava prestes a entregar a sua alma ao Templo de Lashima e devotar a sua vida aos Deuses.Uma rapariga que, de um momento para o outro, perde a sua família e tem que vestir o manto da liderança da Casa dos Acoma. Rapidamente se transforma numa mulher destemida num reino onde só os homens ascendiam a postos elevados.Transforma-se em alguém que enfrenta corajosamente uma ameaça no seu lar que põe em risco a sua liderança dos Acoma.Alguém que descobre o que é o [...]

    17. Rosie on said:

      Uma mulher num lugar de governação?Um lugar destinado unicamente a homens?A saga decorre em tempos remotos e acresce ao desafio, o facto de se tratar de uma jovem, inexperiente, a quem nunca esteve destinado este papel, como tal absolutamente leiga nestas lides ora, o livro estava imbuído dos ingredientes certos para me deixar suficientemente curiosa para o espreitar e quiçá, deleitar. Os acontecimentos sucedem-se, surpreendem-nos, dão voltas e reviravoltas e assim vamos assimilando como e [...]

    18. Penny on said:

      I didn't particularly enjoy this one. Perhaps my expectations were a bit high after loving The Riftwar Saga as much as I did.For me it felt a lot like I was watching someone play a game that I didn't know the rules of. I knew that Mara was plotting something and her seemingly unwise behaviour was motivated by some secret scheme she had planned, but since I didn't know all the rules within the culture of the Tsurani I couldn't possibly foresee how her plans might work out until they did. I think [...]

    19. Molly Ison on said:

      The story was promising but the execution was terrible. Instead of being a book where characters have complex motives and provide surprises and plot twists, the Mary Sue protagonist always has a plot to dispatch any rivals. And with only one exception I can think of, her enemies are always portrayed as inept or vile, despite the fact that she has no trouble plotting murders of her own. She's a master of politics and plotting, despite not being raised to rule. She is the perfect seductress, even [...]

    20. Adrian G Hilder on said:

      I read Daughter of the Empire so long ago I can't write a detailed review now. What I can tell you is The Empire Trilogy left a lasting impression on me. Almost 30 years later I can still say Mara of the Acoma is my all time favourite fantasy heroine. She never touches a weapon of war as far as I can remember. She is armed with her wits and intellect and wields them to devastating effect.It is best to read Magician (these days split into two volumes Magician: Apprentice Magician: Master) then Si [...]

    21. Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller on said:

      Via Book Reviews by Niki Hawkes at nikihawkesThis is a strong contender as my favorite book of all-time. It has all the elements that make a book great: strong characters, excellent world-building, masterful writing, and a page-turning story. If any of you aren’t familiar with Feist’s Riftwar saga, the arc of the series involves one world (Midkemia) being invaded by another world (Kelewan) from across a magical rift. The invading soldiers are known as the Tsurani, and Feist talks a lot about [...]

    22. Geraint on said:

      Modern fantasy is clogged with copycats; all have their magics and swords and intruiges. Most are superficial, cobbled together novels that never truly grip a reader and compel them to read on well past their bed time.Not so with the "Empire Trilogy", and not so with the first in the series. "Daughter of the Empire" chronicles the struggle of Mara, daughter of an honourable house (House Acoma) as the political machinations of her beloved empire thrust her into the role of Ruling Lady. The book g [...]

    23. David on said:

      Daughter of the Empire is first of a powerful trilogy of books that follow Mara of House Acoma who, upon the death of her father and brother by the machinations her family's arch-enemy, suddenly became the sole heir of the Acoma name and estate.The first book deals with how she grows from a simple daughter of a noble house, to an intelligent and masterful player of the politics-rife world of Kelewan. She pushes against the stagnant traditions of her people to lead her house out of the danger of [...]

    24. EK G on said:

      A nice (welcome) twist from the Western-inspired fantasy that floods the sci-fi/fantasy shelves, this first instalment of a trilogy about Mara, a lady of the Acoma, contains many ideas about face and honour reminiscent of Oriental cultures.Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts, I think, have created a well balanced character, complete with weaknesses and faults, who gets tried, tested and bests all the obstacles sent in her path. Ultimately, though, it's about a woman who learns how to think and act l [...]

    25. Calypso on said:

      4.5Comecei a leitura d´"A Filha do Império" sem qualquer tipo de expectativas, até porque e, apesar de já ter lido dois livros do autor, não fiquei o que se pode chamar de fã. Mas poucas páginas depois de ter começado percebi que este seria um livro do qual iria gostar bastante e comprovou-se. Mara, a protagonista desta história, consegue fazer-nos sentir pena dela assim, como torcer para que os seus planos corram bem. É ainda um livro com bastante ritmo e muita intriga. Ansiosa para q [...]

    26. Rasib Majid on said:

      If you like intelligent political moves to reestablish authority, avenge the killing of kin and aim for capturing the leadership of the empire, rather than brandishing of swords, this is the book for you!

    27. Mieneke on said:

      Daughter of the Empire is the first book in the Empire trilogy, which is the first trilogy in the Midkemia setting Feist co-wrote. Together with Janny Wurts, he created an amazing story chronicling the life and times of Mara of the Acoma. These three books are some of my favourites of the entire Riftwar Cycle – together with Rise of a Merchant Prince, because how can you not love Roo? – and it's been a pleasure to return to them. Contrary to the books we've read so far, Daughter of the Empir [...]

    28. Mark on said:

      I come across quite a few readers looking for a book with the kind of noblehouse politics of Martin’s Game of Thrones; and I am always surprised that they haven’t read the Empire Trilogy by Feist and Wurts because, when it comes to Machiavellian manipulations and politics, I haven’t found a more enthralling read.I guess the greatest difference between the two stories (other than the fact this book was written first) is that Martin’s is set amidst a world reminiscent of medieval Europe, w [...]

    29. Scott on said:

      This must be one of my absolute favourite fantasy books. It bears resemblance to some other fantasy series, but the heavy weighting that it places on the politics in Tsuranuanni is something that really appealed to me. Tsuranuanni is a world vaguely similar to China and the Orient, in which ruling families clash and plot under the guise of friendship and diplomacy. Mara is suddenly thrust into this scheming political system just before she takes religious orders, as her father and brother are ki [...]

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